Havant athlete Amy Bream thanked the Mountbatten Centre crowd for keeping her on track as she ploughed the loneliest of lonely furrows.
Bream, 18, lined up on her own for the under-20 women’s 2,000m steeplechase final.
It’s a gruelling event at the best of times but with no competition to push her along, Bream, coached by Mike Williams and also assisted by club president Mary Goater, relied on the raucous cheering of her club-mates.
She had to dig deep and completed the event in a time of 8mins 24.11secs.
‘I just had to stay focused,’ said Bream.
‘Everyone was cheering me and they were taking photos at the water jump.
‘The Havant club members were cheering and that made it easier.’
On a day packed with action, it was strange to see Bream left to battle just the clock and herself in the event.
She feels more competition would have propelled her to a faster finishing time.
Bream added: ‘Two weeks ago I did a race with six people and you can really latch on.
‘I finished joint first but this was so tough.
‘I could have gone so much faster but with nobody there it was really difficult.’